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Environmental cancer risks are huge

Thursday, May 20, 2010

No matter what your philosophy or location or whatever, we should all “strongly support environmental cancer research and measures that will reduce or remove from the environment toxins that are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

Survey results help farm employers decide workers’ wages and benefits

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Compensation of farm employees is a critical component of agriculture today. Farm employers must provide adequate levels of compensation if they expect to attract and retain quality employees while also maintaining a profitable farm business. Surveys As Extension professionals we are often consulted by farm owners about employee compensation and what they should expect to […]

Focusing on the positives of your loved one is best

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Having been laid out like a limp rag with a stomach bug has given me plenty of time to think. First, I think the term “stomach bug” is a misnomer. This is more a Godzilla-esque stomach slayer armed with sticks and sharp knives and bent on killing me from the inside out. There may also […]

Emotion trumps science every time: Farmers need to ‘start with why’

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

When you start talking from your passion, and not your science, all of a sudden, farming becomes more relevant, more meaningful to everyone else, because they, too, want to protect the environment or care about animal welfare, and can do that by supporting you.

Horse drawn plows: Just a matter of preference

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Someone recently asked me why some horse drawn plows throw the furrow to the left, while others (most in fact) throw them to the right. The answer is that it’s strictly a matter of preference, custom, and prejudice. The right-hand plow is well-rooted in history. Illustrations of seventeenth century English plows show that they all […]

Marriage is not a sport, it is a team effort

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It was just a little something I overheard from a television report. I don’t like television much and could very happily exist without one. This little blurb that has stuck with me is one reason I would prefer not to hear so much of what is reported as news these days. Actor Charlie Sheen, having […]

The great goat escape

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Regular readers will recall that I recently stalked, er, assisted, a woman in finding a home for her wayward goat. Eavesdropping in a local salon led me to a woman who had a goat that needed a home and there we were — a home in need of a goat. Can you can say “kismet?” […]

Valuable online resources for farmers

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The spring of 2010 has been exceptional. It has been great to see the progress our farmers are making across northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania. This spring has just been tremendous! Today, I would like to remind producers about four great OSU Extension resources which are helping farmers keep their management skills on the cutting […]

The Wilds animal park is a dream come true

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back in the summer of 1993 I eagerly awaited the release of Jurassic Park and its promise of computer-generated, live action footage of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are the creatures that hooked me on nature. I collected and played with the hard plastic models and would have done anything to see live dinosaurs. I’ll never forget an […]

FSA Andy says May is deadline to apply for MALs and LDPs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hello Again, Is it spring or summer? The beautiful, warm and relatively dry weather lately has really confused me! It is only the beginning of May and some days it already feels like summertime. I’m not going to complain about it and I don’t think the farmers will either. While the weather is cooperating and […]

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